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  1. chillinwill
    A teenager died at a house party after experimenting for the first time with a dangerous drug available legally on the internet, friends said yesterday.

    The body of Ben Walters, 18, was found sprawled beside a 28-year-old woman who is now fighting for her life in hospital.

    Both are understood to have taken mephedrone, which is sold as a fertiliser but produces a similar euphoric high to ecstasy if ingested.

    The drug, which can be bought for as little as £4 a gram and comes in powder, tablet, crystal or liquid form, was first used on the club scene in 2007 and has nicknames including 'meow meow', 'drone' and 'bubble'.

    Paramedics and police were called to a £175,000 first floor flat in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, at 6pm on Tuesday and discovered Ben had already died.

    The women, who is understood to be a friend, was rushed to Luton and Dunstable Hospital where she remained last night.

    Torri Ivers, 16, a college friend of Ben's, warned the public needed to be told about the dangers of mephedrone.

    'Nobody thinks it's dangerous because it's legal. It's a substitute for heroin but you can get it over the internet,' she said.

    'You can buy it in college because it's cheap and nobody realises how bad it is until something happens. Nobody is taught enough about them.

    'It was the first time Ben had ever taken drugs. He had a lot going for him and got good grades.

    'I can't emphasise enough how much of a lovely, beautiful person he was. It's not fair.'

    Ben was studying drama at Amersham and Wycombe College and hoped to go Leeds University to do a media studies course.

    Restaurant owner Alan Turtill, 33, who lives beside the modern two-storey red-brick block of 16 apartments where the teenager died, said residents had complained about loud parties in the flat and sent an email to the landlord in November.

    He added: 'There was noise coming from there at least once or twice a week on a regular basis, not just on the weekend.

    'There were rumours of drugs. I work late nights but I would see young people hanging around there at night time.

    'They were always playing loud dance music until three or four in the morning.'
    Ben's devastated friends posted emotional tributes on social networking site Facebook today.

    Alecia Blair wrote: 'It was an absolute pleasure to know you.

    'You were truly an amazing character and you will be thoroughly missed. Lots of love Ben. You were pure rock'n'roll.'

    Dominique Leonard said: 'Nobody had had enough of you just yet!'

    Benjamin's parents, Carol and Leon Walters, were too upset to comment at their home in Berkhamsted today.

    Hertfordshire Police have ruled out any suggestion of a double suicide attempt or violent attack and said they were waiting for the results of a post-mortem examination and toxicology report.

    A spokeswoman added: 'Police were called following concerns for the welfare of two people in the property.

    'When officers arrived at the scene they discovered that an 18-year-old man had sadly died and a 28-year-old woman had been taken ill.

    'The man and woman are believed to be known to each other.

    'The woman was taken to Luton and Dunstable hospital where she remains in a critical but stable condition.'

    A 17-year-old boy and a 17-year-old girl were arrested on Thursday on suspicion of possessing illegal drugs.

    A spokeswoman added: 'They are currently in police custody awaiting interview.'

    A spokeswoman for Amerhsam and Wycombe College said: 'We offer our sincere condolences to the student's family.'

    Mephedrone is legal providing it is not processed or marketed for human consumption.
    When used as a party drug the substance is generally taken orally. Side-effects including rapid heartbeat, mood swings and a purple discolouration of the skin, which can last for several weeks.

    In November it was linked the death of 14-year-old Gabrielle Wood, from Worthing, West Sussex, although a post mortem gave the official cause of death as cardiac arrest and bronchopneumonia.

    The Home Office said tests on Gabrielle Wood had revealed several substances in her body, including mephedrone.

    A spokeswoman added: 'We have commissioned the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs to look at the harms and availability of 'legal highs'.

    'They are currently looking at mephedrone, and related compounds, and their advice will inform our response.'

    Last month the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs, the official government adviser on illicit substances, wrote to Home Secretary Alan Johnson about mephedrone and other 'legal highs'.

    It warned the potential harms of such drugs were still unknown but they 'could have serious public health implications'.

    The council is currently researching mephedrone's effects and is expected to advise Mr Johnson to make it illegal under the Misuse of Drugs Act.

    By Andrew Levy
    January 21, 2010
    Daily Mail
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...-dies-experimenting-legal-drug-meow-meow.html

Comments

  1. Alfa
    OK. Here we go.
  2. Makesmefeelbig
    Yeah I heard about this earlier :'(. Obviously this is a tragedy, especially since they were so young, but the first thing that jumps out at me (and I'm sure others) is that the woman he was with is now fighting for her life. There has to be something different here- a bad batch is a possiblity. We'll probably never know the full story.
  3. Speedball
    'Nobody thinks it's dangerous because it's legal. It's a substitute for heroin but you can get it over the internet,' she said.

    The fuck? Substitute for Heroin?

    The people who die from this substance usually take a batshit insane amount or mix it with other drugs.
  4. Subfire
    Yeah, sad news :( No doubt other factors will be involved but largely ignored by the media. Sadly and disrespectfully to the victim they will just become a tool for the banning of yet another chemical. It annoys me how these articles always consist of a tragic story, followed by arbritrary grief remarks and then a solution of BAN IT. Yeah, like that has ever achieved anything.
  5. Joel2k11
    "It was the first time Ben had ever taken drugs."

    Yeaaaah, O.K.

    What are the chances that someone mixed up MDPV with mephedrone?
  6. insignius
    Like Alfa said. Here we go...

    's only a matter of time.

    Definitely sad, but.. curious to know *exactly what happened, personally. Not the media-version, but the reality
  7. Abrad
    She thinks it's methadone...
    Hopefully not a Haupt type scenario.
  8. chrisjames13
    This is such a tragedy. I feel for these people and it hurts me to know that such vibrant youth as such are loosing their lives over this perpetual confusion concerning the real truths about such substances. How many kids have to die before the governments or health care professionals will run an unbiased study on these substances and the harms they could pose. They should be running a host of tests considering kids are loosing their lives over these substances and making these tests available to the public.

    I really wish they would release to the public in the long run what drugs exactly were found in the systems of those dying due to these people dropping dead so erratically from new exotic designer drugs. There is always so much confusion on what it is all that was consumed by these individuals in the media it seems. Really would love if they provided access to toxicology reports in such incidents to the general public; maybe in an anonymous fashion if they have too, not mentioning the specific individuals. Just wish they were released somehow and made available to everyone. The only way to help people is to educate them properly and not with propaganda. The guessing game being played by the media and the cops and the perpetual propaganda is leaving potential users completely in the dark as they don't know what to believe anymore. With usage so widespread and new scattered incidents showing up; the medical professionals should be gathering some kind of new data one would hope to let people know exactly how harmful these things can be to them. Real data...not skewed data.

    My warmest heart felt condolences go out the the youths that have lost their lives, their futures to these substances and I feel immensely for their families.:(:vibes:
  9. captain
    Ben was a good friend of mine. I can't fucking believe this has happened.

    This article is full of bullshit though.

    1) It was not Ben's first time on mephedrone, he had done it before, along with other drugs.

    2) I've know he had got hold of some morphine pills and apparently he took them at the party, and that's what he overdosed on - not drone.

    3) He doesn't own the flat like it says in the article?

    We won't know for certain what killed Ben until they do tests or whatever, but even without the results i'm telling you that this article is packed full of bullshit.

    R.I.P mate...
  10. cannabis-sam
    This is exactly what happened with Gabrielle Price, it was said she died from a combination of Mephedrone and ketamine, this was before the toxicology results, it later came to light she died from a pre existing heart problem.

    Again we have a case where it seems that little information on what he had actually taken and what caused his death, the media just want to jump on the mephedrone demonising bandwagon. Why can't reporting be truthful?
  11. chillinwill
    Six arrested after death of Amersham and Wycombe College student

    SIX people were arrested on drug charges after an 18-year-old Amersham and Wycombe College student was found dead at a party.


    Police found the body of Ben Walters, a drama student at the Amersham campus, at a property in Berkhamsted on Tuesday evening, after receiving emergency calls about the welfare of two people.

    A 28-year-old woman was rushed to hospital where she was in a critical but stable condition on Friday.

    The cause of the Berkhamsted teenager's death is unknown at present. The Hertfordshire coroner is waiting for the results of toxicology and histology tests.

    Mr Walters' family said they are “utterly lost” and his sudden death “feels like the end of the world”.

    A statement added: “We’re obviously completely devastated by Ben’s sudden death on Tuesday.

    “Ben was much loved by his many, many friends and had a very bright future ahead of him which makes this tragedy all the harder to bear. At this time we request that our privacy be respected.”

    Hertfordshire Police arrested a 20-year-old man from Buckinghamshire and a 59-year-old man from North London on suspicion of supplying drugs. They have been given police bail until March 8.

    A girl and a boy from Berkhamsted, both 17, a woman from Tring, 18, and a man from Berkhamsted, 18, have all been arrested on suspicion of possession of drugs and police bailed until the same date.

    Gill Clipson, Principal and Chief Executive of Amersham and Wycombe College, said: “This is a very sad situation and we would like to offer our sincere condolences to the family of the student.

    Responding to allegations in the national media about drugs on campus, she said: "Although the cause of Ben's death is still unknown we would like to emphasise that Amersham and Wycombe College has a zero tolerance policy to drugs and we are constantly evaluating how this policy is implemented."

    More than 500 people have joined a Facebook group dedicated to the teenager, who is said to have been a talented actor whose favourite band was Joy Division.

    Angus Edhouse, a close friend and fellow Amersham and Wycombe College student, said: "Ben was the most incredible and unique person I have ever met, he was a true friend and he will never be forgotten."

    College mate Joshua Mallinson, said: "He was a great friend of mine and an all-round good guy to everyone he knew.

    "His quiffey hair cut and alternative style will be greatly missed, as well as his very 'English' mannerisms.

    By Lawrence Dunhill
    January 24, 2010
    This Is Local London
    http://www.thisislocallondon.co.uk/news/4868596.Six_arrested_after_death_of_teenager/?ref=mr
  12. Snakey
    Articles full of bullshit. I know who the 59 yo man is who's been arrested.he's probably going to get life.
    Ben was a top bloke. The article is really full of shit. Ben had a good history of drug use. This wasn't his first time on mephedrone and he was sold some morphine pills as posted in the comments.

    My condolensces go out to the family. However I feel I may take the liberty in speking to the daily mail about how the twist on the story and the misinformation aswell as the complete disrespect to bens life how they have simply pinpointed ben doing 1 "bad thing" has taken him from us.

    Miss you dude. I'll see you upstairs and well have a good celebration.
  13. SamanthaRabbit
    My condolences go out to the friends and family of Ben. It is really sad to lose a friend, especially when you are just becoming adults. It is amazing how the media turns things around to scare the public. There is a lot of BS in the article it seems like, and also from what his friends have said there were other drugs involved and it wasn't a first time thing...

    My first thought was the Haupt like situation like Abrad brought up, and that is one of my concerns with all of the recent deaths that have happened recently linked up with Mephedrone. I bet we will never find out if the death was related to the morphine or a bad batch...

    Reading stories like this make a person think twice about legal highs, thats for sure.
  14. chimp78
    Captain, I'm really sorry for what happened to your friend Ben it was very sad, from what I've read he seemed like a good lad. I have recently lost a friend in similar circumstancesso can totally empathise with you..its a heartbreaker :( I live in the same area as Ben (Bucks) so this was front page local news for me and was quite shocked to see the connections with mephedrone in all the reporting.

    I joined here to see if anyone had any posted anything about it and to see if there were if could get any real people reactions as the whole media meow thing seems very dubious to me.

    As makesmefeelbig said I think the fact that the girl who was with him who has also been taken very ill must indicate that it was probably something else like morphine or methadone which are both heroin substitutes and easier to OD on as they are opiate based. its just too much of a coincidence otherwise

    I hope the truth does come out for everyone's sake .. but it does seem the media have chosen meow as their new bandwagon to jump all over and is completely typical of wankers at daily mail :(
  15. nayth
    I dont believe for a second the meow killed him.
    Duhhh. But yeah tragedy!
  16. Abrad
    When referring to to mephedrone/methylone/methedrone please make it absolutely clear which drug you are talking about and avoid slang/street names. There is a lot of confusion with people using slang or street names, this is not acceptable and only causes confusion and possible harm.

    See here for more information and discussion.
  17. xxdd
    Cheers for straightening that out. I came to say pretty much the same thing but I only know a couple people who know Ben, so your info's more first hand.
  18. anonuser30500
    It might be best to leave any details re any morphine pills out of the equation for now as its likely, that if this is the case, then charges would be made pending results.

    I'm sure friends of Ben have already told the police regarding the morphine pills. Given someone has died its a duty to pass on information. Swim is sure this has already been done.

    I also offer my condolences to those who knew Ben.

    The UK coroners are not like the media and will tell us how anyone died not invent some fanciful story or turn Ben into 'that person who died of drugs'. Many young people do drugs, but that is not who they are or what they do all the time.

    The journalists writing the trash against youth do more drugs than them.

    Sad to see someone so young die, but its possible it has nothing (again) to do with mephedrone. I do not even want to debate mephedrone in this thread in light of the facts coming out.

    The police will investigate it, the coroner will give concrete results of toxicology results and the family and friends of Ben will mourn his loss and celebrate his life.

    R.I.P.
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